Architecture begins where engineering ends ― Walter Gropius

Bauhaus Dessau

Dessau-Roßlau, Germany, 2009

Bauhaus Dessau, Walter Gropius, Bauhaus School, Oliver Lins
Bauhaus Dessau, Gropius, Facade, Oliver Lins
Bauhaus Dessau, Walter Gropius, Bauhaus School, Oliver Lins
Bauhaus Dessau, Staircase, Quest - Im Wandel der Zeit,Oliver Lins
Bauhaus Dessau, Furniture in hallway, Quest - Im Wandel der Zeit,Oliver Lins
Bauhaus Dessau, Staircase, Quest - Im Wandel der Zeit,Oliver Lins
Bauhaus Dessau, Grid System, Window View, Oliver Lins
Bauhaus Dessau, Elevators, Quest - Im Wandel der Zeit,Oliver Lins
Bauhaus Dessau, Facade, Oliver Lins

In January of 2009 brilliant winter weather and a spontaneous impulse made me head down to Dessau-Roßlau to visit the Bauhaus School where I would finally see and experience in person what Walter Gropius and the members of the Bauhaus movement planned and built upon being forced out of Weimar. The result was this palace of light, worthy of being the new home for the Bauhaus doctrine. Visionary, brave, functional and timeless and simply beautiful are words which come to mind when strolling through these premises.

Bauhaus Dessau, Staircase, Quest - Im Wandel der Zeit,Oliver Lins
Bauhaus Dessau Identity Typeface Dessau School, Oliver Lins, Quest - Im Wandel der Zeit
Bauhaus Dessau, classroom, Quest - Im Wandel der Zeit,Oliver Lins
Bauhaus Dessau, Walter Gropius, Bauhaus School, Oliver Lins
Bauhaus Dessau, classroom, Quest - Im Wandel der Zeit,Oliver Lins
Bauhuas Dessau, Walter Gropius, Quest - Oliver Lins
Bauhaus Dessau, Walter Gropius, Bauhaus School, Oliver Lins
Bauhaus Dessau, Facade Detail, Quest - Im Wandel der Zeit,Oliver Lins
Bauhaus Dessau, Windows, Grid, Quest - Im Wandel der Zeit,Oliver Lins

Hard to believe and astonishing to many, is the date of erection (1925 – 1926) of this architecture, art & design school complex and it’s nearby accompanying buildings. How can such modernity date back a hundred years yet still be so current? And why – with such excellence right in front their noses – do so many architects today fail to speak a clear and comforting language? Just a few of the questions which popped up while thinking about how the students in these classrooms only had to look out the window to find a perfect grid system.

Bauhaus Dessau, Windows, Grids, Quest - Im Wandel der Zeit,Oliver Lins
Bauhaus Dessau, Lamp, Walter Gropius, Oliver Lins
Bauhaus Dessau, Walter Gropius, Bauhaus School, Quest - Im Wandel Der Zeit -Oliver Lins
Bauhaus Dessau, Hallway & Door, Walter Gropius, Oliver Lins
Bauhaus Dessau, Cafeteria, Oliver Lins
Bauhaus Dessau, Staircase, Quest - Im Wandel der Zeit,Oliver Lins
Bauhaus Dessau, Facade, Quest - Im Wandel der Zeit,Oliver Lins
Bauhaus Dessau, Window Grid, Walter Gropius, Oliver Lins
Bauhaus Dessau, Walter Gropius, Bauhaus School, Oliver Lins

The enormous impact the Bauhaus school in all it’s forms has to this day is undeniable and it’s probably safe to say that the Bauhaus shaped the modern world as we know it, despite the fact that it only existed for 14 years. A unique and new approach and successful interplay of taught disciplines as well as the careful selection of teachers made this possible. To learn more about the Bauhaus movement and the events taking place this year to honor it’s 100th anniversary, visit bauhaus100.com and bauhaus-dessau.de.

Bauhaus Dessau, Chairs, Oliver Lins
Bauhaus Dessau, Walter Gropius, Bauhaus School, Oliver Lins
Bauhaus Dessau, Facade, Grids, Quest - Im Wandel der Zeit,Oliver Lins
Bauhaus Dessau, architectural model, Walter Gropius, Oliver Lins
Bauhaus Dessa Thriving Forces -Dessau School, Oliver Lins, Quest - Im Wandel der Zeit
Bauhaus Dessau, architectural model, Walter Gropius, Oliver Lins
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